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Bathtub Gin

Bathtub Gin Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.bathtubginnyc.com
  • Email: info@btgnyc.com
  • Phone: (646) 559-1671
  • Hours of Operation:

    Dinner Only:
    Sunday - Tuesday: 6:00pm - 2:00am
    Wednesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 4:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Joseph Mallol
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Entertainment
  • Catering: We offer a full range of original and classic cocktails; wines by the glass from France, Italy & America; a great artisan beer selection; as well as specialty cocktail made just for your event. Our tapas style menu is great for entertaining at your house or office. We can work from your kitchen or bring our own bar. Each event is specifically designed to your needs and space. Prices vary according to number of guests and our level of involvement.
  • Entertainment: DJ's every Thursday, Friday & Saturday from 9pm-3am

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th & 19th Street
  • Public Transit: A, C, E train to West 23rd Street Station A, C, E train to West 14th Street Station
  • Parking: No
A word from Bathtub Gin
Gin was the predominant drink in the USA during the prohibition-era 1920's and many variations were created. "baththub gin" was developed in response to the poor-quality of alcohol that was available at the time; because the 18th amendment specifically prohibited the sale or manufacture of distilled alcohol, producers of gin were forced to use denatured alcohol. By mixing it with other flavorings, such as juniper berries, and allowing the mixture to steep in a tub for several hours or even days, the gin became more drinkable. Producers of "baththub gin" encouraged bartenders at hidden bars to create their own recipes for cocktails.

Still today, straight gin is not usually served on its own, since it tends to be extremely dry. Gin is often mixed with tonic water, vermouth or fruit juices to make it more palatable.
Upholding tradition, we mix our gin and other spirits with the finest and freshest fruits, juices, syrups and infusions in cocktails inspired by original recipes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Definitely unique, which we really enjoyed! We could not have asked for better service. Enjoyed both the drinks and atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This restaurant was by far one of the coolest places I've been. My brother and I split 4 tapas and tried a few of the gin cocktails. The place had that speakeasy feel to it. I'd recommend going there with one other person. The seating for groups doesn't seem to be as comfortable. The tables are tiny. If you are looking for privacy this isn't the place. Awesome if you want a nice night out."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "we had a wonderful time, the staff, service and food was just fantastic. nicest people ever! I ordered the filet mingone... The most flavorful and tender I've ever had.....It cut with a butter knife . thank you all for a wonderful evening!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It's a prohibition bar, not a speak-easy. It was yell across-the-table loud, and the sound system pumped out techno and pop music as loud as any dance club. We went for casual drinks to chat, hoping for something like Raines Law Room, but couldn't hear each other. The drinks were ok and made with quality gin, but lackluster compared to other cocktail bars in the same price-range. On entering with a reservation, we were told we could only have the table for 45 minutes. I'm not sure if this was a normal rule, or if they had overbooked."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "This place is unbelievable! From the secret entrance, to the incredible staff to the phenomenal craft cocktail list, it just doesn't get any better. This will always be a stop for me in NYC from now on.... and at the top of my list of recommendations for others."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Great time at bathtub gin. Different, great vibe, outstanding music, and fantastic drinks. When visiting nyc, this is a place you must go"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "I've been to this place a few times and have always loved the drinks there. We ate there the last time and it was great, just enough to keep you fed but not full. Would definitely recommend the burlesque show too!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "We were celebrating our son's and daughter in law's 5th wedding anniversary. We purposely went on Sunday evening to enjoy the Burlesque show by Doc Wassabasco. The tapas were delicious, the drinks were amazing and the entertainment was amazing. Truly a gem."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "Bathtub Gin is a great place to bring a date: lots of little tables, great lowlit ambience, plenty of fancy cocktails. The salmon I ordered was FANTASTIC. My only complaint might be that I wish they offered more vegetable sides or apps. Bartenders are generally awesome. Shout out to Theo! If you want to bring a date, or don't want to get caught in the bar crush on busy nights (like Fridays), RESERVING IS A MUST. Pretty much all tables are reserved every single night. Hard to get into the bar on Fridays/Saturdays, and bar is much more crowded then."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Had a bad experience here (after having been before). Was meeting a client for drinks and we had a 6 PM reservation. Exactly 1 table out of 20+ had anyone at it (and I had a reservation) but they wouldn't seat me. Then when my client arrived they attempted to seat us next to the only other people in the entire place which was absurd. When I politely asked to be moved a few tables down (given that my client and I needed to talk about business) the hostess bristled. There was zero regard for our satisfaction. After I pushed back she went up front and came back a minute later and moved us. A terrible start to our evening there! Cocktails were delicious and we had a nice waitress but then upon exiting the coat check lady couldn't find my bag!"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "Putting this bar behind a false wall in a coffee-shop set the tone perfectly. It made me excited just to walk in. The bar looks and feels quite authentic, and it's fun realizing how much of the jazz music you're familiar with. While the $15 cocktails initially raised a few eyebrows, they are well worth it. Delicious and STRONG. You will not need more than two. The "Small Plates" were actually a good size. The hummus is recommended. Our waitress was super friendly, and the manager visited us twice, had stories to share, etc. Perfect night. The 2 hour time limit on the table was the only thing I didn't care for. We had a 7pm reservation, and had to vacate by 915. Still, I will be back for the Live jazz bands on Monday, or the cabaret."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great food, great scene, great service.will be back"
    Dined on 10/28/2013
  • "Taking a client out for what would be low-key drinks, I had no idea that we had just reserved prime-row seats for a burlesque show. I'd heard fanfare around Bathtub Gin, but this experience was mind-blowing. I've seen burlesque shows before, but never in a dining atmosphere. The girls literally walk through the entirety of the room while performing, and the finale show tops everything off. The drinks were great, and the food very good quality for a cocktail-oriented menu. Make sure you go to Bathtub Gin on a Burlesque Show night!"
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Its so much fun, you go through a coffee shop secret door and then get to go back in time. It was a fantastic experience, I took a friend from London. There was a Burlesqe show which was amazing. Everyone was wonderful and the drinks were fantastic. Only suggestion is to call to confirm your reservation after Open Table over the phone and find out if you can keep your table"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "Wanted to surprise my gf with a trip to Bathtub Gin for her bday. We'd been there on a whim before, but got in too late to see the show. This time, she wanted a chance to see the ladies dance. Unfortunately, by the time I could make a reservation, the only availability was so late I was nervous we wouldn't get a good table or a chance to see much. However, Nikki took great care of us. Upon seeing the special request on my reservation, she called to confirm the bday plans and worked her magic to squeeze us into an earlier time slot, just before the show started. Even better, she snagged us a great table right up front! Needless to say, we had a blast. The drinks, the atmosphere and the show were all great. My gf had a wonderful bday!"
    Dined on 12/22/2013
  • "I went with my husband for a few cocktails, to also discover a selection of delicious small plates. I highly recommend the gnocchi. Drinks were great and service was great - then the cherry on tip was the burlesque show, very entertaining. Prices aren't cheap but well worth it for a special night out. Oh and be sure to book a table, standing room didn't look so great."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Great service. Great staff. Great food and drinks... worth the $$$"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "Not really a restaurant. Making dinner reservations there is a little unrewarding. The best dishes are bar food -- mini sliders, fries, humous, etc. A bar…. with food."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "This restaurant was absolutely incredible! The drinks and food were amazing! The food was so different and unique with incredible flavors! The waitress Anna that we had was excellent. She had a great personality and was so bubbly and happy! Overall this was an amazing restaurant and such a unique experience! Definitely recommend this place!"
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "He wouldn´t let us come in, and we where on the freezing cold because it had jsut started a Show that we wanted to see. In fact we chose the place and the dat for the show... We would have go there earlier but thar was not an option when we made the reservation. the worst part is that they left us there in the awfull cold because of the show.. they wouldn´t let us came in to the coffee sho that is prior to the bar's entrance. I do not recomend it. There are lots of better speakeasy all over NYC"
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "Bathtub Gin was fantastic. The staff were extremely friendly and energetic. The drinks were amazing and excellently crafted. I was with a group of 5, and every single one of us still raves. What's great about this place, is that they allow you to take pictures and capture you memories - even in their giant brass tub in the middle of the room! That's very refreshing to hear other than, 'Sorry no photographs inside!" I will definitely be coming back!"
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "This place is awesome! The best night has to be Sunday nights when they have a live Burlesque show on the main floor. Hint: Make a reservation to ensure great tables for the show...otherwise you'll be standing uncomfortably. The decor of this place is incredible...you will feel like you went back in time. The Bartenders take pride in their drinks and its a show just to watch them make them...true craft cocktails mixologists!"
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "I admit to being a little weary standing at the door of the coffee shop showing my drivers license, but once the secret door opened I crossed a porthole into the 1920's. Sitting in a large banquet with Tiffany lamps and a brass tub large enough for 2, we drooled over the drink menu and savored mini tuna tartar tacos (so cute and delicious) . The risotto was to die for-salmon a little undercooked. I will return for jazz nite, the follies, or just because."
    Dined on 11/4/2013
  • "A great time warp in the Chelsea neighborhood. Attentive and friendly staff. Great ambiance."
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great drinks, delicious food (at least the small plates we ordered) and fairly prompt service. Depending on the day and time you go, you could have a quiet/romantic setting or a more lively (noisy) atmosphere. I prefer the former, but it's a great place either way."
    Dined on 10/16/2013
  • "This whimsical speakeasy is great fun and you are transformed with the 20's decor. The service was attentive. The drinks seem to be modern twists on throwback drinks served like the tasty mezcal cucumber drink and the Hemingway daquiri was so refreshing. The food was hit or miss. The good dishes were the hummus platter, the gnocchi was scrumptious and the tuna tacos were very appetizing. The burger sliders were a hit. The lesser dishes were the cheeses lacked sophistication, the lobster rolls lacked flavor and the dip it was served with was not tasty or compatitble and the french fries were just weak. The lively and eclectic music was a bit too loud which made it hard to talk but was fun."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "I was a little concerned taking some out of town visitors to Bathtub Gin for dinner as was told by a friend it was more of a drinking den. I was pleasantly surprised by how tasty the sharing plates were and can only assume my friend had never eaten here. The shrimp & chorizo skewers were do juicy, and the short rib sliders were melt in the mouth. As someone who doesn't often drink gin, I can highly recommend the sloe gin signature cocktail. Great decor & ambiance. Definitely the place to go if your out to impress. @SamUKSays"
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Went to Bath Tub Gin with my friend who'd flown in for the weekend and I wanted something different for her to experience. Staff were very friendly and the place ended up being very busy. Neat place and I would definitely go back. Small plates and food was good - gnocchi was excellent."
    Dined on 9/6/2013
  • "The crowds are not so cool and they do not have good beer collection. Definitely not a speak easy place..."
    Dined on 8/31/2013